Premier League LIVE: Aston Villa vs Tottenham team news, line-ups and more ahead of fixture tonight


Tottenham Hotspur will look to bounce back from their abysmal Europa League exit against Dinamo Zagreb earlier this week as they travel to Aston Villa in the Premier League this evening.

Spurs blew a 2-0 first-leg lead against Zagreb to lose 3-2 on aggregate and miss out on a place in the quarter-finals of the European competition, while their patchy top-flight form has them struggling to even book a spot in next season’s edition of the Europa League. Jose Mourinho’s eighth-placed side were beaten 2-1 by rivals Arsenal last weekend in the north London derby at the Emirates Stadium, with Erik Lamela sent off after scoring a sublime rabona.

Aston Villa, meanwhile, are 10th in the table with a game in hand over Spurs. Dean Smith’s team could reduce the gap to Tottenham to one point with a victory here, but they need to snap a tepid run to do so; Villa have drawn their last two and lost their prior outing in the division, so will hope to pick up some momentum here and end the season with as impressive a run of form as that with which they started the campaign. Follow live updates from Aston Villa vs Tottenham in the Premier League below.

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HOW IT STANDS

There are just four points between eighth-placed Spurs and tenth-placed Aston Villa ahead of tonight’s game, though the Villans do have a game in hand. A win for them would take them above Arsenal, while Tottenham can leapfrog Everton and Liverpool with victory this evening.

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OPPORTUNITY

This feels like a real chance for several Spurs players to impress Jose Mourinho, particularly after some below-par performances from more established members of the squad over the last week. Tanganga, Rodon and Vinicius have all featured sporadically, but places could now be up for grabs.

PREDICTION

Predicting how Aston Villa vs Tottenham will play out tonight

Here is everything you need to know ahead of tonight’s match

NO GREALISH

Aston Villa are still without Jack Grealish. Dean Smith does bring back Matty Cash, though, in place of Ahmed El Mohamady. Morgan Sanson also gets the nod ahead of Jacob Ramsey.

CHANGES

Jose Mourinho, in response to Thursday’s dismal Europa League exit in Zagreb, has changed things up drastically. Gareth Bale, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Moussa Sissoko and Ben Davies all drop to the bench. In come Carlos Vinicius, Joe Rodon, Japhet Tanganga, Sergio Reguilon, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Giovanni Lo Celso

TEAM NEWS

TEAM NEWS INCOMING

We’ll have the official line-ups from both sides shortly!

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